Review: The Legacy by Necole Ryse

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TheLegacyEbookPublisher: Necole Ryse
Release Date: July 17, 2014
Pages: 290
Format: eARC
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Series: The Legacy, #1
Genre(s): Mystery
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Nineteen-year-old Raevyn Jones has never worn a designer gown. She’s never had access to unlimited champagne or chauffeured limo rides.

But when she is dropped in the midst of the Black Ivy League–against her will–she has to pretend that everything is normal, as if she belongs.

When her new friends start to question her sketchy past and her shaky legacy at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, Raevyn realizes she will have to rely on her street smarts more than ever before.

Raevyn starts to receive cryptic text messages and emails from an anonymous sender and she soon discovers that not only does someone want her to leave B.W.Fitz–someone also wants to end her life.

Special thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for hosting this book tour and providing me with a copy of this book for review!

When I saw the cover and read the synopsis for The Legacy I knew it was going to be a light mystery that I was going to enjoy. That was definitely the case!

The beginning started out a little slow without anything major happening, but as the story progressed things sped up in pace and some crazy things went down. One of my favorite things about this book is that the main character Raevyn had a traumatic past experience that sent her boyfriend to jail, and her running. I really liked how the author chose to reveal the details regarding the accident, it’s cause, and it’s aftermath slowly throughout the story. It definitely kept me hooked wanting to know what happened to her back home! Another thing I enjoyed was the heir of mystery regarding Raevyn’s father’s history at B.W. Fitz. Why did he leave? Why only tell Raevyn about this part of his life now? The eerie college boarding-school-esque setting was also another high point! I can’t help but love books set at schools like these.

There were some things that I had problems with throughout the book, though. Some of the side characters were written to be more stuck-up, but came off as shallow and a little annoying. Some of Raevyn’s actions confused me, for example the dealings with her “ex” boyfriend. She often seemed paranoid and accusatory toward her friends, which I didn’t really get her suspicion. The relationships seemed really underdeveloped. I would have liked a little more of the “falling for each other” parts to see how the characters got to the “I love you” stage.

This is definitely a great read for fans of Pretty Little Liars, as there is an anonymous villain with a similar style. The end had a huge cliffhanger and was when everything started to really happen and get exciting. Definitely made me want to know what happened next, but then the book ended!

All in all, The Legacy was a fun and light mystery that fans of Pretty Little Liars will be sure to enjoy!

About the Author

Necole Ryse graduated from Towson University with Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications.

Bored with life as an adult, Necole decided to follow her dreams to write fiction and she hasn’t looked back. She joined the Winslet Press family to release her first novel, THE LEGACY.

She enjoys chocolate covered pretzels, Criminal Minds marathons, and all things Harry Potter.

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